A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news:
Sun “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation, aka Harper TV, aka Scum Spews is finally shutting down due to a shortage of viewers. I just hope that Stevie Harper doesn’t bail them out with our taxpayer dollars as part of his Conservative Action Adscam Plan to win the next election. I wouldn’t put it past that scheming, thieving piece of shit. He played a hand in setting up the channel in the first place.
It’s comforting to know there still aren’t enough far-right, ignorant, bigoted, self-hating traitors in Canada to keep the racist, anti-gay, sexist, anti-Muslim, extreme capitalist, warmongering, borderline fascist, lying, Conservative Party propaganda station in business. Sun pumped out lies and hate like a state media operation in a totalitarian regime, and Canadians logically stayed away in droves.
It sucks that the tech people, receptionist, office staff, cleaning staff, etc. will lose their jobs there, but I have no tears for the wealthy, self-important, right-wing talking heads and executives who will be losing their bully pulpit and source of income. They have been hurting Canada for much too long.
For the self-interested jerks or naive people who whine about losing an “alternative” viewpoint from Canada’s media landscape, I say bullshit! There’s nothing “progressive” about taking that nonsensical weak-assed stance. The conservative capitalist viewpoint is still front and center at Global TV (which recently killed an already-produced segment that was critical of the American Koch brothers’ domination of the Alberta tarsands), CTV (where Mike Duffy helped get the Conservatives elected), the Harper-managed CBC, and most other mainstream media outlets in Canada.
There is no major left-wing voice in Canadian mainstream media, so the argument that Sun provided a balance is a non-starter. Even the Toronto Star follows the pro-capitalist, pro-globalization script that is set by the Conservative and Liberal parties, and is blatantly biased against the NDP (who are barely left of centre as it is). In Canada’s mainstream media, including the Star, any economic positions that are to the left of the NDP are either ignored, ridiculed or used in dishonest, cynical ploys to trash the NDP in favour of the right-of-centre Liberals.
To all the Sun “News” Network fans having conniption fits over this, I will paraphrase one of your senile loudmouth heroes, Don Cherry: put that in your pipe you right-wing kooks!